04-12-2011, 08:04 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Renton Washington
Closed for Memorial weekend
Thought everyone in Wa. should read this, its taken from another site
Todays news from the CleElum district.
I want to pass on the latest information regarding a Cle Elum Motorized Seasonal
Closure. I know there are a lot of rumors out there, and Tim and I finally got
1. Here is what will happen this season: There will be a Motorized Seasonal
Closure on the Cle Elum Ranger District until June 15th.
2. It will be a "flexible date" closure. This means trails will open when there
is a loop open, trees and debris have been removed from the tread, AND the snow
is off the trail (or there are minimum/passable patches).
3. The decision to open a trail will ultimately be Tim Foss'. However, his
decision to open a trail will come directly from those of us who are on the
ground and working on the trail. These people will include the ORV Ranger,
trail crew members, and our V-Team members who are helping log out trails.
4. We will certify a limited number of volunteers to help clear the system.
These folks include members from the NMA, PNW4WDA, and WOHVA. It is important
to keep in mind that these folks will have a MAJOR role in opening trails.
These volunteers will have some sort of identification for their 4x4 or motos.
5. The reason we are implementing this closure is twofold – (1) Most of our
trail damage (rutting, especially) occurs during the spring. Our organized
motorized clubs/associations who help clear trail each season have requested
that we consider a seasonal closure to prevent folks from busting through the
snow and going around downed trees on the trail. (2) on a typical year, there
are very few snow free trail miles available for travel during the month of May.
This puts a lot of traffic on a very small area. These areas get very rutted as
While we will be able to open trails as they become snow free, the closure runs
its course on June 15th. If you are planning a vacation or ride, you are safe
to do so after the 15th without worrying about running into potential trail
I will be updating CleElumTrails.com as trails become open. Our crew also has a
Facebook Page. I will update that after my field work days (Friday, Saturday,
Sunday) starting on May 1st.
Right now we are melting out slower than normal, but that can change with a week
of warm weather. However, in a typical season we only have one loop open on
Memorial Day Weekend on the south side (Fishhook Flats in the Taneum area). The
trails in the Manastash are usually still holding a lot of snow. The Liberty
trails typically have some access on the east side during the big weekend. As
always, the trails on Table Mountain remain under a hard date seasonal closure
(October 15th through June 15th annually).
We will be offering a two day USFS chainsaw certification class sometime in May.
Marc, I know you were interested in getting your volunteer trail members in this
class. Please let me know how many. Also, if anyone else is interested, please
let me know.
We hope the clubs we have worked with over the years continue to show support
for this flexible date seasonal closure idea. With the cooperation between the
agency and its users, we can keep our motorized trails in great condition.
Please feel free to circulate this information to members and friends.
Sincerely, Mikki Douglass
03 Rubicon on 36's and LONGFIELD CV's